FBMNH1-Nutrition in Health and Disease

Module Provider: Food and Nutritional Sciences
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Julie Lovegrove

Email: j.a.lovegrove@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module is co-taught with FBMNH2 and FB3NHD


i) To cover issues relating to human nutrition during the life cycle (including pregnancy, lactation, childhood, adolescents and elderly) in health and disease?. ii) To inform students of the subject matter relevant to the interface between human nutrition and food science? iii) To acquaint students with a balanced account of current issues in nutrition which impinge on diet, health and disease. iv) To provide the student with an understanding of topical issues in nutritional sciences which have made major advancements over the last decade including the areas of diet and cognition, nutrition in cardiovascular disease prevention, cancer.

Assessable learning outcomes:

On completion of the course, students should be able to:? i) Understand major issues of nutrition during the life cycle?. ii) Have an appreciation of the science base of controversial issues of nutrition policy. iii) Dietary aetiology of obesity, heart disease, immune function, bone disease, diabetes, cancer, cognition and GI diseases. iv) Understand positive and negative influences on health of various diets, foods, food components and nutrients. v) Demonstrate understanding of topical issues in nutritional sciences

Additional outcomes:

Have developed a number of key skills such as critical evaluation of evidence, use of on-line databases and writing skills

Outline content:

A lecture course dealing with issues of nutrition during the life cycle and how dietary factors contribute to human health, healthy ageing and disease development. Specific topics include: nutrition and pregnancy, infant nutrition, nutrition of the elderly, nutrition and ageing, appetite, nutrition and chronic disease, including cancer, bone disease, obesity, allergy, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, clinical and sports nutrition.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

This course comprises primarily of lectures and self-directed learning. The coursework comprises one MCQ delivered on blackboard at the end of the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 28
Guided independent study: 72
Total hours by term 100
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Class test administered by School 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Short answer module test via Blackboard (approximately 60 questions covering all material)?. Relative percentage of coursework: 20% of the Final Mark ?Submission Deadline(s): ?Week 1 of Spring Term

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

Assessment requirements for a pass:
Pass mark for the module is 50%

Reassessment arrangements:

Reassessment arrangements are in accordance with University policy. Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination period.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 10 April 2019


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